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NEW DELHI: Senior ministers of the Narendra Modi government and BJP president Amit shah were effusive in their praise for external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for overseeing the government’s efforts to secure interim relief for Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav from the International court of Justice (ICJ) .
Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and subversive activities. Commending the Modi government, especially Swaraj, Shah tweeted on Thursday: "India under the decisive leadership of PM Shri @NarendraModi stands firmly for the safety of each and every citizen of our country." On Swaraj, he said: "This is a result of tireless efforts of our MEA Smt @SushmaSwaraj and her team, that handled the matter proactively."
Government insiders said PM Modi spoke to Swaraj after the verdict and "expressed satisfaction" over the ICJ order and efforts of the Indian legal team at The Hague. Subsequent to PM’s talk with Swaraj, top figures in the ruling establishment lined up to praise the external affairs minister.
"Congratulations to EAM Smt. @SushmaSwaraj ji and the entire Hague team," defence minister Arun Jaitley posted on twitter.
"#ICJ verdict endorses the relevance and necessity of procedural and substantive fairness which was denied by Pakistan," he added. "The EAM Smt @SushmaSwaraj has done a commendable job.
The govt led by PM Shri @ narendramodi will go to any extent to save #kulbhushanjadhav," home minister Rajnath Singh said.
"Compliment effor ts of @Sushma Swarajji for taking right initiatives in #KulbhushanJadhav case that has led to this major victory & justice," I&B minister Venkaiah Naidu said.
Soon after the Pakistani military court had awarded capital punishment to Jadhav in April, leaders cutting across party lines had demanded that the government must take every possible step to secure justice for Jadhav. "This is a matter of the entire nation. I appeal to the government to appoint a competent lawyer to fight his case in Pakistan’s Supreme Court. So that his case is won in the apex court," Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, had said during the budget session.